Structure vibration control

Controlling vibration in structures, particularly those susceptible to external forces, for example, wind-induced turbulence or vortex shedding vibrations on tall structures, and pedestrian loads on bridges, is crucial. Engineers, in their pursuit of lightweight and cost-efficient structures, often require methods to decrease vulnerability to resonance. Flow Engineering specializes in structure vibration control, utilizing Tuned Mass Dampers. These devices effectively mitigate resonance effects, a phenomenon common in structures using materials with low damping, such as steel. By adding damping, the overall vibration response is reduced, enhancing structural stability.

  • Preventing dynamic problems at the design phase
  • Analyzing and solving vibration problems in existing structures

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Tuned Mass Dampers for structure vibration control

When slender structures are exposed to cross-wind loads (also known as the phenomenon vortex shedding) waves or earthquakes, they can start to oscillate, which can cause serious damage to the structure. By adding Tuned Mass Dampers, the oscillation will reduce. When the structure starts to oscillate, the mass of the Tuned Mass Damper will oscillate in the opposite direction, using its hydraulic component. It will turn the kinetic energy into thermal energy.

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When structure vibration control is needed, a Tuned Mass Damper has to be designed to prevent vibration problems in structures. They are custom made, since every structure is different and needs a different type of vibration control. The specific design of the Tuned Mass Damper depends on the oscillation frequency, the direction of the movements, the available space and the mass of the structure. For more information about structure vibration control by Flow Engineering or our Tuned Mass Dampers, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling +31 (0)180 – 63 11 60.

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